Woolly Daisy returns to Neds
A daisy previously thought to have been eaten out of existence on Neds Corner Station has been identified on the north-west Victorian property.
Woolly Plover-daisy or Leiocarpa websteri is a small, perennial shrub with yellow flowers. It is mostly concentrated in South Australia with just a couple of sites in Victoria.
The sighting of it on Trust for Nature’s Neds Corner Station is extremely encouraging.
At 30,000ha Neds Corner Station is one of Victoria’s largest private conservation reserves. The former sheep property was once part of the famed Kidman empire. After years of rehabilitation it is now home to more than 1,000 species, including 77 threatened plants.
Station manager, Peter Barnes, said there’s a chance the plant has been there for a while but not noticed because rabbit grazing hadn’t allowed it to flower.
He said, “We think our intense pest management, mainly rabbit control, has allowed the daisy to grow to a certain height and produce flowers, which is how we became aware of it.
“Our success in controlling rabbits is the reason we keep finding new plants in the area and as the biodiversity improves we would hope to continue to find more.”
In 2017, a new species of daisy for Victoria, the Large Hard-head Daisy, was identified at Neds Corner.
Rabbit control has been a significant focus at the property to increase ground cover and protect plants and habitat for native animals. Over 25,000 rabbit warrens have been treated and 13,000 of these have been destroyed.
Trust for Nature is a not-for-profit organisation that relies on the generosity of supporters to help us protect Victoria’s amazing biodiversity and it’s thanks to this support that Neds Corner Station is going from strength to strength.